24/7 Work Communications Stressing You Out? You’re Not Alone.
According to a new report from the University of Toronto, women are more likely to feel stressed out by the constant electronic pull of the workplace – from Blackberry communications to laptops used at home during private time – than their male counterparts. “In a paper published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior,” the Washington Post reported, “the researchers found that women who were contacted frequently at home by supervisors, co-workers or clients reported higher levels of psychological distress. Men were less affected, the researchers found.”
Why the stress? Not because such constant communication “interfered more with their family responsibilities,” the Post reported, but because the women in the study felt guilty about doing work while they were at home “even when it didn’t interfere with their family lives.” (March 2011)